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My Lounge now open in Gatwick’s South Terminal as an alternative to No 1 Lounge

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The brand new ‘My Lounge’ is now open in London Gatwick’s South Terminal, which is the one used by British Airways.

Based on the one in Gatwick North, you should expect ‘urban chic’ bordering on ‘hipster’, if ‘hipster’ is still a ‘thing’.

Annoyingly, I have no idea where ‘My Lounge’ is, except that it is located on the upper level along with all of the other lounges.  Apparently it has the only outside terrace at the airport.

Given that the ‘My Lounge’ in Gatwick North is cheap – I have seen it offered for as little as £12 via promos – I was surprised to see that Gatwick South will cost £30 on the door or £24 booked in advance.  Children are allowed at half price.

This is our review of My Lounge in Gatwick North to get you in the mood.  It is available via Priority Pass (free with Amex Platinum or buy one here) and Lounge Club (two free visits with the free Amex Gold) which should reduce the pressure on the main No 1 Lounge.

You can find out more about My Lounge Gatwick South on their website here.  I will be Gatwick South in January and hope to take a look then, assuming there is no official media event.


Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (November 2020)

As a reminder, here are the three options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 30,000 points.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Lounge Club card loaded with two free visits to any Lounge Club lounge – see the list here

The Lounge Club list is slightly shorter than the Priority Pass list.  Additional visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  There is no annual fee in Year 1 and a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to almost all of them – indexed here.

Comments (104)

  • Andy Sheret says:

    Please can someone advise me on this?

    I have 100k points in my BAEC account. I will shortly trigger my Amex 2-for-1 voucher which I plan to redeem on a long haul flight for my wife and I within the next 18 months.

    My wife has around 30k points in BAEC. I am considering referring her to the BA Amex, so that she can spend 10k in 12 months to trigger a 2-for-1 voucher for her.

    The question is – should I create a household account, so that we can pool our points? What I am unsure of, is, for example, as I am the head of the household and with lots more points (say 150k vs 50k) will my wife’s companion voucher be able to call on all of the points in the household account (so 200k total) or does her companion voucher only apply to “her” 50k points balance?

    I hope that makes sense!

    Thanks

    • Shoestring says:

      The way it works is that if only 1 HHA a/c member flies, only that person uses points.

      If you both fly, you use up your a/c points in fair measure (to the points requirement of your respective flights) until somebody runs out of points. Then that person’s points are zero, so they take points from other members of the HHA.

      You can also have zero points but use up any points of anybody else in the HHA a/c

      • Andy Sheret says:

        Thanks – that clears up my biggest concern… If my wife has little or zero points, she can still use points from within the HHA to redeem her 2-for-1

  • Iain says:

    Would love people’s opinions. Am I being stupid? If I buy c.200,000 points for around £2500 all in, I can fly LHR to HND in First! That seems ridiculous VFM.

    Thoughts?